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Premier League | Gameweek 34
May 15, 2024 at 8pm UK
Old Trafford
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Man Utd
3 - 2

Mainoo (31'), Diallo (57'), Hojlund (84')
Casemiro (62'), Diallo (81'), Amrabat (87')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Gordon (49'), Hall (90+2')
Anderson (37'), Gordon (68'), Schar (78')

How Manchester United could line up against Newcastle United

How Man United could line up against Newcastle
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Manchester United could line up for Wednesday's Premier League clash with Newcastle United.

Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag is sweating over the fitness of captain Bruno Fernandes ahead of Wednesday's Premier League showdown with Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese playmaker was on the cusp of returning from a wrist injury ahead of the weekend's meeting with Arsenal, but he had to pull out at the last minute, having failed to sufficiently recover in time.

The same went for ankle victim Marcus Rashford, who was back on the practice pitches alongside Fernandes and Lisandro Martinez (calf) last week, but the latter is in with a strong chance of making the squad.

All of Anthony Martial (groin), Tyrell Malacia (knee), Victor Lindelof (thigh), Harry Maguire (muscle), Raphael Varane (muscle), Mason Mount (unspecified) and Luke Shaw (thigh) are out of contention too, while Willy Kambwala (unspecified), and Amad Diallo (knee) require once-overs.

The latter made his first Premier League start of the season against Arsenal and impressed on the right flank before limping off in the second half, although he played down the seriousness of his concern on social media after the game.

Nevertheless, it would not be a shock to see Antony return to the attacking third with Alejandro Garnacho and Rasmus Hojlund, while the extended recuperation period will benefit Fernandes's chances of coming back for Wednesday.

Scott McTominay could therefore drop back into a deeper midfield role alongside Kobbie Mainoo, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot remain the only available picks at full-back.

However, Kambwala might join Jonny Evans and Andre Onana in the backline if he is given the green light to do so, thereby demoting Casemiro after his carelessness at the back led to Arsenal's winner on Sunday.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Kambwala, Evans, Dalot; McTominay, Mainoo; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Hojlund

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